Art & Soul 2023 FEATURED ARTISTS


Meet Brandon Douthitt | jazz musician


Meet Jamichael Kyng Pollard | visual artist

Meet Adrienne D. Jackson | dancer


Meet Crystal V. Rhodes | author & playwright

Brandon Douthitt 

jazz musician

Douthitt picked up a saxophone for the first time at age 11, starting an award-winning musical journey that has led to performance gigs throughout the U.S., including Indy Jazz Fest, CUNY Jazz Festival, AFROPUNK, Highline Ballroom, and more.

He graduated in 2015 from Butler University with a bachelor of arts degree in music and earned a master of music degree in jazz performance from Queens College in 2017. Brandon taught music at Kentucky State University before moving back to Indianapolis, where he teaches and performs. Read his full bio.

Adrienne Jackson

dancer

Adrienne D. Jackson grew up learning West African dance as a member of Alayanfé, a youth dance company based in Durham, N.C. As an adult, she expanded her study of modern and contemporary dance in Chicago. In Indianapolis, Adrienne served as assistant artistic director of Iibada Dance Co. before performing with Kenyetta Dance Co. She directs local dance ministries and also teaches students.

In 2012, she founded Create Freedom Art Projects, a contemporary dance company and community of artists. She is continuing her West African dance training and also studying hip hop dance. Follow her on Instagram @CreateFreedomArtsProjects.

Jamichael Kyng Pollard

visual artist

Pollard is the founder and owner of KyngPen Art. He specializes in portraits, using colored pencils, and acrylic and oil paints. Along with his work as a portrait and tattoo artist, he creates live paintings and does face painting at events.

Pollard’s artwork has been featured in multiple solo and group exhibits, from 2019’s FLAVA FRESH 16 ! to the 2022 Kyngdom Art Show. Pollard is also a substitute art teacher and works with children and adults. Follow him on Instagram @kyngpenart and @kyngpenart_tattoos or visit his website.

Crystal V. Rhodes

author and playwright

Rhodes has written over 20 plays that have been produced throughout the U.S. She has received multiple awards, including the Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Writing of a Play for Stoops and the Ivoryton Playhouse Women’s Playwright Initiative’s Elle Award for her one-act play 1200 Miles from Jerome.

Rhodes has written for television, newspapers, and magazines and is the author of 14 books, including her most recent novel, Someone Like Them. Visit her website to learn more.

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